The best of Russia’s Bolshoi and Mariinsky theaters are bringing ballet to Bahrain’s National Theatre on the 9th and 10th of December, 2012. The production will showcase a collection of classic and contemporary pieces performed by some of the best known names in ballet: Denis Matveinko, Anastasia Stashkevich, Igor Kolb and Ekaterina Osmolkina.

With dances from Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Le Corsaire the Gala Russe:Stars of the Russian Ballet program combines the different styles of Russia’s premier ballet companies in a true celebration of the art form.

Ballet originated in France, but its close association with Russia stems from Marius Petipa’s move to St. Petersburg in 1847. Along with Lev Ivanov and Tchaikovsky, Petipa produced Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake — masterpieces that redefined the dance genre and continue to dominate the stage.

Tickets are sold at the Virgin Megastore in Bahrain’s City Center and online at www.virginmegastore.me. Special student rates apply to Balcony seats.

The show begins at 8pm. Gates will be open from 7pm. For more information, visit www.manamaculture2012.bh

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